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not right now, not when the stakes are so high for our econo economy, and if you agree with me, it doesn't matter if you're a democrat or a republican or an independent, you've got to let congress know. you've got to tell them you've had enough of the theatrics. you've had enough of the politics. stop sending out press releases. start passing some bills that we all know will help our economy right now. that's what they need to do. they have got to hear from you. [ applause ] let me be specific. i'll give you some examples. you've got to tell them to extend the payroll tax cut so middle class families will continue to have more money to spend. we passed this in december. the average family received $1,000 from that tax cut, and you need to get it again because
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the economy is still weak. it's going to help you make ends meet, but it's also going to mean more customers for businesses. it will increase demand. it's right for the economy, and i would sign that bill today if it came to my desk. [ applause ] tell congress to get past their differences and send me a road construction bill so that companies can put tens of thousands of people to work right now building our roads and bridges and airports and seaports. i mean, think about it. america used to have the best stuff, best roads, best airports, best seaports. we're slipping behind because we're not investing in it, because of politics and gridlock. do you want to put people to work right now rebuilding america? you've got to send that message
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to congress. send -- send a message to congress to come to an agreement on trade deals that will level the playing field and open markets to our businesses so we can sell more goods to countries around the world. yeah, we've got a lot of americans driving kias arou s a hyundais. i want people in korea driving fords and chevys and chryslers. i'd like to see that. i want to see billions of dollars more products sold around the world stamped with three words, made in america. made in america. those trade bills are teed up. they are ready to go. let's get it done.
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tell congress we need to reform the patent system so entrepreneurs like the ones who developed some of the technology here can turn their ideas into businesses more quickly, so companies like this one can better compete against companies around the world. we shouldn't make it so difficult for somebody with a good idea to translate that into a business. tell congress we've got hundreds of thousands of bright, talented, skilled americans who are returning home from iraq and afghanistan, and i've proposed connecting those veterans looking for work with businesses that need their skills. you've got 24-year-olds and 25-year-olds that are leading platoons and handling equipment that's worth tens or hundreds of billions of dollars, and they come back here and they can't find a job? let's put them to work. these are things we can do right
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now. these are things i've already proposed. we've worked out the glitches. the legislation is drafted. let's get it done. now given the weaknesses of the economy, we need to do even more than, that and over the coming weeks i'm going to be putting out more proposals, week by week, that will help businesses hire and put people back to work, and i'm going to keep at it until every single american who wants a job can find one. now, we do have to pay for these things, and in order to pay for these things congress has to finish the job of reducing the nation's budget deficit in a sensible responsible way. not just with more cuts this year or next year. those cuts would weaken the
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economy more than it already is, and we've already cut $1 trillion in what's called discretionary spending. what we need is a long-term plan to get our nation's finances in order. that's the only way we can invest in places like this. that's how we can fund the research at the department of energy, that's how we can fund the community college that trains folks to be able to work here. that's how we can fund the infrastructure and the technology that will help us win the future. by doing what you do, what families do. think about it. when things are tight, you cut out those things you cannot afford, even if it's tough, to pay for the things that really matter. you don't cut out the college fund for your kids. you stop maybe going out as often.
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you don't stop taking care of your parent who needs care. you cut back on some of the things that you don't really need. it's the same principle that applies to government. and by the way in your own families, i'm assuming you don't just keep all the stuff you like and tell your spouse you got to get rid of all the stuff she likes or he likes. that wouldn't work in my hou household. you don't just cut out the stuff that's important to you and -- or keep all the stuff that's important to you and cut out stuff that's important for your kids. the same is true for us as an american family. we can't ask the people in this room, working families, middle class families, to bear the entire burden. we're not going to balance our budgets on the back of middle class and working people in this country. everybody's got to do their
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part. everybody's got to do their part. everybody's got to chip in. that's fair. you learn it in kindergarten. that's what all this fuss was about in washington. are we going to deal with our deficit in a way that's fair? and that means closing tax loopholes for billionaires before we cut college loans for young people. that means ending government subsidies for oil and gas companies that are doing very well before you cut health care for seniors. it means making sure that the biggest corporations pay their fair share in taxes before we gut the investments in technology and clean energy that
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made this factory a reality. now that's just common sense. it should have bipartisan support. these are things we could be doing right now. that's how we can jump start this economy and speed up the recovery and get more folks working while making sure that we get our fiscal house in order. we can do both. i'll be laying out more proposals in the days ahead, and i'm going to keep after every idea and every serious proposal to help us grow this economy, until everybody wants a job can find one. but i want everybody to understand here the problem is not that we don't have answers. the problem is that folks are playing political games. we've got a long way to go. we didn't get into this mess
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overnight. it's going to take time to get us out. that's the truth, but that's no excuse for inaction. it's time to put aside ultimatums. it's time to stop drawing lines in the sand. you know, in the aftermath of this whole debt ceiling debacle, with the markets going up and down like they are, there's been a lot of talk in washington right now that i should call congress back early. the last thing we need is congress spending more time arguing in d.c. what i figure is they need to spend more time out here listening to you. and hearing how fed up you are. that's why i'm here. that's why i'll be traveling to
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a lot of communities like this one over the neck week. that's what congress should be doing. go back home and listen to people's frustrations with all the gridlock. listen to how frustrated folks are with the constant bickering and the unwillingness to compromise and the desire to score points even if it's at the expense of our country. and if they are listening hard enough, maybe they will come back to washington ready to compromise and ready to create jobs and ready to reduce our deficit, ready to do what you sent them there to do. you know, america voted for divided government, and that makes it tough. you've got one party controlling the house of representatives, another party controlling the senate, so they voted for -- you
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voted for divided government, but you didn't vote for dysfunctional government. you didn't vote for a do nothing government. you didn't vote for a government where folks are just looking out for special interests. you didn't vote for a government that is beholden to lobbyists. we've got a lot of work to do, and the only way we will get it done is if everybody, democrats and republicans, find a way to put country ahead of party. that's what i'm fighting for. i'm here to enlist you in that fight. you've got to hold everybody accountable because if we can come together and find common ground, there is no stopping the united states of america. there is no holding us back. we can strengthen this economy, and we can put our nation back
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to work and we can lead the world in growing industries, and we will make it through these economic storms and reach calmer waters stronger than we were before. thank you very much, everybody. god bless you. thank you. >> president obama. did you hear his tone through that speech this in holland, michigan in the president is fired up and in a sense he also seems fed up, fed up with bipartisan bickering in washington. he's speaking at this one factory in this town in michigan that is just about 30 miles southeast of grand rapids, and essentially at one point he was juxtaposing the success at this one particular factry, the factory makes hybrid batteries for cars, successes there. they got a cash injection from the stimulus, juxtaposing that with what doesn't seem to be working, according to the president in washington, the lack of compromise. at one point saying there's nothing wrong with the country. something is wrong with our politics. talked about inferring that the debt mess and also the recent s&p downgrade, referring to that as a self-inflicted wound.
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let's go to athena jones who is there traveling with the president, and athena, being in the room there, i'm sure you could hear this very impassioned voice. seemed to be speaking to one very specific group in congress who as he said more than once is putting party in front of country. >> that's true. he was very fired up today. we didn't just hear him talk about this -- this company here that's working on advanced battery technology which is the reason he came to tour. you also heard him talking about urging congress to find common ground. now this is not unusual to hear the president urge congress to compromise. we hear this all the time from him, but today we heard a little bit more impassioned language from him. he said he's frustrated. you can probably hear it in my voice he said at one point. at one point he said people have been saying after all of this mess with the raising of the debt ceiling, with the downgrade, that he should be calling congress back to washington to work together towards reaching these more deficit reductions that are
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required by this debt ceiling deal. he said the last thing congress needs is to be back in washington arguing with each other. what they heed is to be out here on the road in places like this talking to their constituents who are fed up just like he, the president is. he talked about how he's going to be going on this trip next week out in the country talking to residents about how they feel, and so you heard a little bit of the touch on these advanced technology batteries, the kind of technology that will help spur jobs. this is part of his overall agenda, but you definitely heard some of the same political rhetoric we heard before with congress working together with a little bit extra pep in it. back to you. >> yeah. i would say so. some political pep indeed. he also alluded to that super committee. we now know the 12 names, the bipartisan committee, the debt-busting committee that will have to take a good long look at the debt and see what and how they can cut to make up to $1.25 trillion in cuts, hoping to quote the president, they will do that in a sensible, fair, responsible way.
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but, you know, some republicans, athena, have criticized the president saying, look, where's the president's plan? he talks about job and job creation, but how can we go about creating jobs? and i know he mentioned a couple of examples as we heard before from the president talking about extending the payroll tax, trade deals. can you elaborate on what we heard from him today? >> well, he also talked about infrastructure. the trade deals that has been on the -- on the -- on the books for congress for a while, and so they wanted to see these deals with colombia, panama and south korea pushed through. of course, you have your usual resistance on the part of labor to some of these deals, and so this is yet another area that remains to be worked out. it's one of the many things that can help spur growth, but what was so interesting today to hear him come again and again back to the whole issue of congress working together. he talked about the need to -- to have a fair share, everyone hold their fair share when it comes to making these deficit reductions so he doesn't want to
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see aid for students to go to college cut when you could also close tax loopholes for billionaires and for big companies, and so you saw a lot of that. i expect to hear this kind of rhetoric going forward, pushing congress to come together, to compromise, as you mentioned, with the super committee. there's already speculation about the people on the committee who have been chosen, whether or not these -- these individual people show that they are not going to be willing to compromise, for instance, some of the members on the super commit were also on the erskine bowles committee who later rejected that deal. >> we know the nine names, now the final three making the 12, leader pelosi naming her three. athena jones with me from holland, michigan. thank you so much. the president also mentioned the markets. have you been watching along. guys, let's take a look at the big board. the dow, look at this, quite the contrast from what we saw
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yesterday. it is very much so in positive territory, dow up 470, 468 points as we are just about 45 minutes away from that closing bell, rocky first couple of days on wall street. we're all over it and, of course, the closing bell as well. we'll take that live. meanwhile, folks challenging president obama for his job of right now they are in iowa in a state that could make or break them, and mitt romney, he was asked an interesting question with an interesting answer. we will take you there live to iowa next. [ waves crashing ] [ martin luther king jr. ] i still have a dream
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watch. >> sir, i am on social security. >> i'm glad you're on social security. hold on just a moment. hold on just a moment. held on just a moment. >> and my wife is on social security. you came here to listen to the people. mitt romney not taking part in saturday's straw poll and campaigning nonetheless. back to mitt romney here in just a moment. first, i'm willing to bet you're asking what the heck is this iowa straw poll? stay with me, folks, because these are the basics. here you go. iowa straw poll rule number one, music. give the voters entertainment. rule number two, food, and what you're about to see here, various manifestations of the iowa staple, butter, so that is rule number two. feed your supporters. real number three. bid the highest price for the choiceiest seats at the hilton coliseum in aims, iowa, and on straw poll day pack that place with more of your backers than
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those of your competition. that is how a candidate wins the iowa straw poll, an exercise labeled perhaps unkindly as organized bribery. here's the deal. iowa straw poll. it's saturday, pretty darn important, but it's not very good at picking winners. look back with me. back to 1979, the winner of the straw poll was george h.w. bush who would lose the nomination to ronald reagan. '87, pat robertson won the iowa straw poll, george h.w. bush received the nomination, a bit of a muddle involving the two-way tie. '99, that year the straw poll did pick the winner, the second george bush. 2007, straw poll picked mitt romney. winner, john mccain. let's go to paul steinhauser live in des moines. paul, if the straw poll can't pick the winner, at least with any great frequency, why is it so important? >> here's why, brooke. it is a real test in
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presidential campaigns, organizational strength and grass roots outreach and while it may not always pick the winner for the republican nomination down the road the following year, it can often break a campaign. it was four years ago that former wisconsin governor tommy thompson running for governor on the republican side, didn't do so well at aims, dropped out a few days later. mike huckabee didn't win four years ago, you're right, mitt romney had but huckabee had a strong second place finish. he went on to win the iowa caucuses so it can definitely make or break some campaigns. the straw poll as well as the state fair right here, three crucial days for the race for the white house on the republican side. a lot at stake, and this race may be very different after this weekend is over. some candidates have a lot at stake tonight. the first debate in nearly two months since our cnn debate in new hampshire. talking about michele bachmann, a lot on the line, tim pawlenty, former minnesota governor, a lot on the line for him at the debate and straw poll and mitt romney who is perceived as the
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front-runner right now, the former massachusetts governor, brooke. >> but, paul steinhauser, here's the but, the biggest names in and around this ration here, not even taking part in the straw poll, a, why, and, b, what's up with sarah palin swooping in out of the blue here? >> yeah, let's start with sarah palin. we're here at the state fair in des moines. there's our bus, brought, it a big deal, all the white house candidates come here. sarah palin we've learned is going to be here, good reporting from our political reporter. bringing that one nation bus tour which we saw earlier this summer back east. it's going to be right here in iowa. listen, every time she falls out of the spotlight she jumps right back in. maybe that's what she's doing. sarah palin says she will decide by september whether she will run for the republican presidential nomination. it will be interesting to see what she says when she's right here in iowa. the other big name, rick perry, the texas governor. he's going to be here in iowa this weekend and earlier on saturday he's basically going to announce in south carolina that he's a candidate for president. he is moving closer and closer to running, and that is also
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going to change the race, brooke. it's getting more exciting by the day. >> paul steinhauser, very exciting there at the state fair. enjoy the twinkie logs. i see the stand over your shoulder, incredibly delicious and oh, so nutritious. >> we'll send you one. >> as we said the straw poll winner back in 2007 won willard mitt romney, his first name willard, current republican front-runner. back in 2007 here's what he said about the republican hopefuls who declined, declined to take part in that iowa straw poll. >> you know, it's too bad the other guys weren't competing here. if they thought they could have been successful here, they would have been here. >> that is mitt romney then, the same mitt romney who is not in the straw poll this time, even though he is there campaigning today. shannon travis, why no mitt romney in the straw poll, and is he taking any grief from the folks there in iowa? >> reporter: well, the first question, brooke, why no mitt
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romney? mitt romney says he's focusing his attention on races that award delegates. you know, you have to collect delegates in order to win the republican nomination, and the straw poll that's going to be held here on saturday does not award delegates. as paul just mentioned, basically a test of organization and popularity here in iowa. he spent a lot of money last time for a narrow win, and this time he's sitting it out. he's been focusing a lot of attention, a lot of attention on new hampshire. obviously that's the first in the nation primary and on south carolina, too, the first primary in the south, so he's not here. in answer to your second question, taking a lot of grief? depends. he's really leading, some polls placing very well here, but some people i've spoken to personally have said they feel like mitt romney is skipping out on the state, and if he isn't attracting or actively going after their votes for the straw poll, why should he get it for the caucuses which he'll participate in. brooke? >> we mentioned he's there and off the top he got heckled out
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there. we're not of the opinion that that in and itself is news, but an interesting exchange did come of it. let's listen to this. >> we have to make sure that the promises we make in social security, medicaid and medicare are promises we can keep, and there are various ways of doing that. one is we could raise taxes on people. >> corporations! >> corporations are people, my friend. >> no, they are not. >> of course they are. everything corporations earn ultimately goes to people. >> shannon travis, we listened to that a couple of times. we heard that correctly mitt romney said to this heckler everything corporations earn goes to the people. i'm just wondering, have we gotten any followup on that remark from the romney camp, and are they sticking by it? >> yeah, excellent question, brooke. i've placed a few calls to the campaign and said, hey, are you standing by this? was this a flub or what have you? surprise, they are doubling down on it. let me read a tweet from an adviser to mitt romney.
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quote, do folks think corporations are buildings? they are people who incorporate to conduct business. they create jobs and hire more people. the campaign is doubling down on that comment. in fairness, brooke, the person who heckled, who asked that question of mitt romney is a liberal activist. he's done this to other republican politicians before, but the fact that mitt romney would answer that way and defend corporations against higher taxes is creating a lot of buzz, especially among his democratic critics. the dnc chairwoman debbie wasserman schultz has already put out a statement saying that it was amazing. brooke? >> amazing, you're out there. like every little word, everything you say gets replayed, parsed upon. shannon travis, thanks so. des moines, iowa, straw poll saturday. now to this. medical researchers, they are calling them serial killers, but they mean that in the nicest possible way. how something inside the body of a cancer patient are bringing
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a possible extraordinary breakthrough on the fight against cancer. scientists may have figured out a way to take your own cells and turn them into serial killers on diseases like leukemia. this discovery could change everything. our senior medical correspondent elizabeth cohen is here to explain how this works. this has the potential of being just tremendous. explain this. >> okay. so there were three people who had cancer, brooke. they had leukemia, a particular type of leaukemia, and they were almost at the end of the road. they had cancer. they got treated. they went into remission, and then it came back, and there wasn't a whole lot that they could do.
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doctors said, you know what? let's take their t-cells which is the body's natural sort of fighter cells and let's ramp it up or amp it up, i guess i should say and turn them into assassins, so imagine if you give those cells guns that they can go and shoot the cancer cells. that's basically what they did. >> shoot the cancer cells. >> shoot the cancer cells and quickly within just a couple of weeks two out of the three patients went into a total remission. >> wow! >> and one of them went into basically a partial remission. >> are they cured? >> you know, i never like to use what our medical journalists call the "c" word. these people have had cancer go and come back before. it could come back. that's a possibility. only ten months to two years. i would hate to use the cure word. >> who doesn't know someone who suffers from leukemia. could this work with other people? >> you know, it is possible, so they will start studying it at some point in other patients with cancer. it could be work for leukemia. it could work for other patients
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as well. there is a bit of a danger here. these patients did get a little bit sick. i mean, nothing horrifically horrible, but they had fevers and diarrhea, and it could have been a threat to their life, but they caught it quickly so you want to make sure when you're doing a treatment like this that you're doing more good than harm, so you want to proceed carefully because this is new, and you don't want to just all of a sudden give it to everybody. you want to give it to people who don't have a whole lot of other options. >> the other part is they used a modified version of hiv to -- to alter the t-cells. >> right. >> it sounds crazy. you've got someone already sick and you're going to give them an hiv cell. >> that's what they did? >> well, they modified, it so they took this hiv cell. they stripped it of all of its sort of toxic and harmful properties, and then used it as part of the genetic manipulation so it was just kind of like a part of the machine that made this whole thing happen, but they hate it so that it was harmless >> i know we don't want to use the "c" cure word but this is encouraging.
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>> it's very encouraging, and it's something that they will look into further. i'm going to be kind of the -- i don't mean to be the eyore here. you and i might be sitting here a year from now saying god forbid, it didn't turn out that well. those three patient have gotten cancer again. >> definitely want to follow lieu. >> cross your fingers that this really does work. >> elizabeth cohen, thanks. >> and now this. you realize that you're biting the hand that feeds you? and i said, yeah, but i also realize it's the hand that's killing me. >> mountaintop coal mining. it's the primary economic engine for southern west virginia, at least coal mining is overall. a living hell though as one worker calls it and the other calls it a much-needed job, but at least one researcher calls it the state's biggest public health problem. soledad o'brien, she's going join me here live in a moment. will take us inside this battle. her exclusive report is next. cy we're thinking about them. a couple decades ago, we didn't even realize
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just how much natural gas was trapped in rocks thousands of feet below us. technology has made it possible to safely unlock this cleanly burning natural gas. this deposits can provide us with fuel for a hundred years, providing energy security and economic growth all across this country. it just takes somebody having the idea, and that's where the discovery comes from.
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with money tight and jobs scarce and the price of everything including fuel going up, up, up these days. people are taking a close hard
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look at this controversial form of coal mining called mountaintop removal. 57% of americans in this cnn poll say they oppose the removal of a mountain summit to allow a mining company greater access to what's below, the coal there, and as part of her upcoming documentary, calling it "battle for blair mountain," cnn's soledad o'brien gets this exclusive firsthand look at this highly effective and highly controversial form of coal mining. >> most mountaintop removal sites are hidden from roads. to get a clear view of the aftermath you need to go up. this is a mountaintop removal process. >> they will be taking that all. >> another concern for those opposed to mountaintop removal projects, the blasting.
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>> it shook the houses real bad. it cracked the porches, ceilings in our houses. but you couldn't prove it was done by blasting. this was just a bad place to live. >> charles bela lives in blair. when blasting began near his home in 1997, he was working in the mines. >> every time i would complain about the blasting, the superintendent said to me one day, he said -- he said do you realize that you're biting the hand that feeds you? and i said, yeah, but i also realize it's the hand that's killing me. >> do you worry that the streams are damaged, that the dust is in the air, that it's not healthy? you can't tell dust by sniffing. >> reporter: another neighbor is diane kish. >> it's our families. >> you don't think it's unsafe? >> no.
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>> i would take a drink out of that water. >> you would take a drink out of this water. >> no, you would not. yes, i would. look at the color. i wouldn't let >> you better than black. >> when you look at this mountain, the trees are stripped away, is that progress to you? >> it's a job in the makeing. >> soledad o'brien, i look forward to watching this documentary. been up in a helicopter over the mountains as well, and this really is a battle, battle with two sides. you have people that say this argument is all about jobs, and then there are the folks who are concerned about the environment, more so than, you know, feeding one's family with these coal jobs. which side do the folks there in west virginia fall on? >> you know, i actually think it's more nuanced than those two sides. i think it's often broken down jobs versus the environment, but what we really found is it's more complicated than that. there are certainly people who want to see jobs in the region but also don't necessarily want their drinking water or their
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water at all have toxins or be poisoned in any way. there are certainly people who feel like they understand that those things should be able to co-exist, but how do you get there? i actually think ultimately when you see the big battle there are people who love their community and love it so much that they are really willing to fight hard for it, so i -- i don't know that that -- why should people have to have an either/or, jobs or a clean environment? isn't there something in between that they can fight for and win? >> i thought that man said it best. yes, he's biting the hand that feeds him, but it's also killing him. for people who aren't in west virginia, who don't live in that state, how does this story really resonate nationwide? >> well, i mean, i think today everybody is talking about jobs, jobs, jobs obviously because that is what we need in the united states right now and also for anybody who is not in a coal-producing part of the country, we all walk in a room, flick a light switch on. >> don't even think about it. >> a lot of that -- exactly, and
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we want to continue not thinking about it so the answer is not simply, well, eradicate coal produb. it's how can you have people live together in an environment that's clean? how do you make it so people don't have to make a choice between a healthy environment and, you know, and having a job that pays well? are there jobs that can come in? you look at it right now. there are no jobs that are coming into the area, paying $65,000 a year which is what the coal miners we interviewed talked to and tell us. $65,000 a year, that's a hard job to replace so those are all the complicated and -- and nuanced issues that are really happening. i think everybody who is watching the story, whether they are in west virginia or outside of west virginia can relate to that. you know, blair mountain is really a metaphor for jobs in the united states i think. >> yeah, blair mountain, a huge march over the summer and essentially the issue is whether to blast blair or not, right? >> well, i think the issue is if blair mountain could be mined,
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then what does that say about the potential for every single place in west virginia to be mined? >> i see. >> at this moment there's nobody setting up a blasting site on blair mountain, but it definitely has become a symbol, a symbolic point of where people are saying let's stop it now, stop mountaintop remove. many of the coal miners say mountaintop removal is where the jobs, are good jobs, and if in fact you do stop mountaintop mining, you're stopping our jobs and livelihoods and impacting our families. >> we'll be watching the images. it's stunning. let's tell everyone when we can watching the documentary, "working in america, battle for blair mountain." that's sunday night right here on cnn at 8:00 eastern. look at that, the dow up 534 points. we'll take you live to wall street next. i can enter trades. on the run. even futures and forex. complex options? done. the market shifts... i get an alert. thank you.
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here we go again, and i mean this today in a good way.
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we are 15 minutes away from the closing bell on wall street. look at numbers. the dow up 550 points. alison kosik, trying to remember during the commercial break, monday was down. tuesday was up. wednesday was down. today is up. what do we make of this? >> reporter: who knows what tomorrow will bring, right? we can only guess. you know, this is a really nice change of pace, isn't it, after we've seen what's happened this week, just the beating that the markets have taken. the dow now soaring 543 points. you know, the financial sector is really rallying, bank shares up 6% to 9%, bank of america, citigroup and wells fargo who wanted the financial sector to go strong. that's where a lot of the momentum is coming from as well. also keep in mind, brooke, momentum coming from the computer-generated trading, spike so high on the dow, up 554 points now. just like we saw it happen on the way down when we saw the -- the levels sort of hit and trigger more selling, we're seeing the reverse now where the buying is triggering new levels, and we're seeing the markets go
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up. we're also seeing investors flee from gold. gold prices are down almost 2%, and oil prices, they are back up about 3.5%. you can't always get everything you wish for. brooke? >> we will take what we can get today there on, alison kosik. i'll see new 15 minutes. see how the numbers start to settle at 4:00 p.m. eastern time. in the meantime, streets in and around london are quiet at this hour, and people who live and work there say they hope it stays that way. take a look at this. this is the next cover for "time" magazine. the assessment, "the decline and fall of europe" and in the teeny tiny print below it says and maybe the west. i'll speak with the journalist who wrote that cover story and what the chaos means for americans next. yup, we had a good year at chevy.
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well, the streets of london are finally quiet tonight, but the last couple of days many witnesses have seen violence and
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mayhem and now police are using facial recognition technology to track down people looting and setting fires. the technology wasn't supposed to be used until next year's olympics in london. now it's getting a dry run. also british prime minister david cameron says they will find all the criminals. >> to the lawless minority, the criminals who have taken what they can get, i who have taken what they can get, i will say this. we will track you done, we will find you, we will punish you. you will pay for what you have done. >> already more than 1,200 people have been arrested. 16,000 police officers in and around the city, and $161 million in losses. i want to bring in assistant managing editor for "time" magazine, rona raufar. looking at the cover of the next magazine. you write a lot about the city of great wealth, and how london is burning, but you write here
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the only surprising thing is that it didn't happen sooner. rona, how do you mean? >> i've been wondering frankly since 2008 when we were going to see this sort of violence. i think it's interesting we've seen it first in the uk. it's positioned perfectly between the u.s. and europe. we've seen the debt downgrade, incredible destruction of wealth, and the divide, which is really what you're seeing. the first onslaught of cuts. from and it's happening now and may happen elsewhere. >> we talked a lot about debts here in the states, they're talking about debt in the europe and our situation in the u.s., it's not pretty. we heard the president fired up, we ahead the s&p downgrade, and all this bickering? washington. we think our situation here in
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the states seasonal exactly ideal, but you write that europe's is worse, why? >> absolutely. europe's plan a, b and c, was for the u.s. to rebound, they were counting on us, as always. to carry us out of the downturn, and that's not happening, so they're panicking. >> people here in the u.s. is i've got to pay my bills, i need to send my kids to school, keep a roof over my head. so explain -- why is what's happening in europe, not just the uk and elsewhere and the riots, why does it matter to me? >> it matters dramatically. europe is the largest trading partner. our companies do a lot of business with people there. what's happening in europe is we're sealing people there stop buying our cars, or technological goods, our luxury
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products and things are already dampened here. >> but how would it specifically affect me here? as we look at the currency. >> well, if you work for a company that sells something into europe, which a lot of us doing, and europeans aren't buying, that's an american job that could be put at risk. >> when you look at some of the similarities between london and let's say major u.s. cities, the unemployment rate among youth is high. social media is powerful, and that's been a force behind what's been playing out in london. if the rioting can happen in london, could any of these play out here in the states? >> i think it could, and again i've real lian wondering why we haven't seen more of this? i think more of our pop you lei rage has been channeled into partisan politics and the tea party move. in britain, i think that you have more of a history frankly of labor protests like this, saw it in the '70s with thatcher,
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you're seeing it again now, but it could be when push comes to shove and when our super committee gets to work, you could see certainly protests. i'm not holding my breath. rana faroohar, i encourage everyone to read the article. it's educational. rana, thank you so much for coming on. and it has been, as we mentioned moments ago an up and down wee. today was much, much better than yesterday. we'll go live to the stock exchange for the closing bell. that is about six minutes from now. also breaking news from the world of politics. be right back. that one day on the red hills of georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood. i have a dream today!
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well, we now have all 12 names here. house democratic leader nancy pelosi naming the final they're. he three picks of the 12-member bipartisan congressional super committee, looking for ways to tackle the deficit. let's go to wolf blitzer. wolf, give us the names. >> jim clyburn, the highest ranking african-american in the house of representatives, he's one of the democrats that nancy pelosi name. javier becerra, one of the highest ranking hispanic members of congress from california. chris van hollen from maryland, who spent the last for you years working to get democrats to the house of representatives, used to run the democratic
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congressional campaign committee, so you now have 12 members, i'll call them the gang of 12. six democrats, six republicans, taking a look at the diversity, one woman, patty murray of washington state, one african-american, one hispanic, javier becerra, and nine white men. so it's got a little diverse, not a whole lot, but it will be a powerful panel. if they get a 7-5 vote in favor of more than a trillion in cut, it automatically goes to the floor of the house, no amendments, automatically goes to the floor of the senate, no amendments there, no filibuster allowed, a simple majority in both. if they pass it, then it goes to the president for his signature. if they fail to do all of that, they have to come up with recommendations by thanksgiving, the congress, house and senate, has to vote before christmas. if they fail to do it, there is a trigger mechanism that goes into effect and there's sweeping
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cuts from defense and from domestic programs very potentially sense tifds programs on defense and spending that will anger republicans and democrats, so there's enormous amount of pressure. this committee has a lot of work to do between now and thanksgiving. >> and a lot of people don't want to see those trigger mechanisms hit. wolf blitzer, thank you so much. we have some breaking news here, just into the world of politics, with regard to someone else who plans to announce he will throw his hat in the ring to become the next president with regard to the republican party. let's go to jim acosta quickly, as we are also watching the markets begin to close. jim, what are we talking about? >> brooke, we are talking about rick perry. cnn has just confirmed through a source with the perry campaign that the governor of texas will be announced on saturday that he is running for president he's going to be making the
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announcement at the red state.com speech. as you know, the redstate.com blog is influential blog for conservatives. the person behind that blog, eric erickson is a contributor here at cnn. a lot of people have been looking to this speech as some kind of indication to what the texas governor is going to do. earlier this week, we learned that he was going to make his intentions clear. now we understand that the governor of texas is going to throw his cowboy hat into the ring in this race for 2012, this very crowded field for 2012. you know, he did give an interview for our friend mark halperin over at "time" magazine earlier this week indicating some of this. some of that video is now on the timemagazine.com website, in which perry says he has basically come from the answer no, no he does not want to run, to now saying yes, he is in the
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race for president president. >> tell us more. he's done pretty well, you look at texas, you look at jobs, 9 unemployment rate there in texas. pretty good stats coming into this race. >> that's right. this is going to be the rick perry message for the coming days. it's going to be his economic message down in texas. in the last two years, and this is not from the perry campaign, this is not from rick perry, this is from the bureau of labor and statistics. nearly half of the jobs created in this country since june of 2009 have been created in texas. now, part of that is because texas is a big state, but also it's because this state has been fairly recessionproof. what the governor will tell you is that's because of the policies he put in place. his critics will say some of that is a result of the fact that texas has always been a good climate for business. the state has no income tax, so
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it's an attractive place for business is to go. it's also a big energy state. there's also factors to why texas has such a robust economy, but this is going to be an interesting race for the texas governor. i was down there a couple weeks ago in austin, and was told by republicans, look, rick perry has never lost an election in his life. he's a very tough campaigner. you only have to ask kay bailey hutchison, the senator from texas, who tried to unseat him in a bitter primary just last year. he knows how to run for office. he's done it over and over again to great success. >> so he has a pretty good track record. wolf when we talk about his track record, what about the fact, is america ready for another texan governor/president? >> well, some americans probably want, those that didn't like the last texas governor, they
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probably will be reluctant to vote for rick perry. he's very popular, though, with a lot of conservatives, a lot of tea party activists. in the short run, it might hurt michele bachmann somewhat, because they might be competing for some of the same votes, it might wind up helping. mitt romney, trying to appeal to more moderate republicans, if you will, not spending a lot of time campaigning in iowa. we'll see if rick perry starts campaigning in iowa. he wrong be around for the poll for ames this weekend, even though people could write in his name. it's going to shake things up. he does have a lot of strength. he has some serious money behind him. he'll be a formidable contain. some are already suggesting that when the dust settles, it could be romney versus perry, maybe michele bachmann, maybe others creeping up there, but it will
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liven things up. what would really liven things up is if sarah palin announced she was running. as you know she's showing up in her bus in iowa. so she certainty wants some attention herself. we'll see what she decides. my sense if she were to announce she was running, it would be more of that competition for more of the conservative base for the republican parties, rick perry, michele bachmann, maybe that would create an opening for mitt romney to get some serious support out there as well. it's unpredictable at this stage. the good news is we have a great political story and we'll be covers it. i thank you both. speaking of unpredictable, shall we go to wall street? take a look at some of the numbers as we are four minutes past the closing bell. huge, huge positive terr toish, markets did a lot better than yesterday's nose dive.
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they closed yesterday down 519, now up 422. we have also had a better than expected jobless claims report. let's go to alison kosik once again. alison, it looks pretty good. talk to me about some of the drivers. >> so green and lots of it. i'll tell you what. it's a much more cheerful color on the big board, but i'm afraid to say it, but brooke, today's huge gains seem so mundane after what we've been through. >> we'll take it. >> yeah, we'll take it. what really drove the markets today were the worries subsiding about france's debt being downgraded. all three set rumors are unfounded, so they swooped in, scooped up bargains after stocks had taken such a beating. we're also seeing the markets trying to find their equilibrium at this point after such huge price swings. still, a different mood here today. there's a lot less nervousness,
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and we'll take it after the week we've had. brooke? >> we will take it. al alison, stand by. paul, we're looking at the dow. what about s&p and nasdaq. how did they fare? >> we had a great day for pretty much the broad stock market. the s&p 500 and nasdaq both surging as well. i would be cautious as alison. keep in mind that tuesday was a very good day as well for stocks. tuesday was followed by yesterday, which was not so good. it's just the roller coaster right is just not going to end anytime soon. wee just up and down, up and down. >> what about the blue chips? >> blue-chip stocks leading the way, but it was a broad move higher for all stocks and all industries, which is encouraging, as a alison mentioned, but again, you have to be cautious here.
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there still are so many worries about the global economy, even if ratings agencies aren't going to be downgrading some of the big countries in europe yet. france is at the center of all these worries right now, about how their banking system is looking right now. those worries don't change overnight, even with a great day like today. >> paul, thank you. alison, you get my last question. when i was listening to the president speaking, trying to do some jugglic, and watching the markets, just curious if the markets were affected by the president's efusiveness we'll call it. he was pretty fired up. did the markets at all react to the president? i couldn't tell if they did. >> they didn't. i think it was full speed ahead on that news about france. i think that's really what was the catalyst that 2k3w09 the markets going. the jobs news we got, that definitely helped keep the gains going as well. we found out that the number of people filing first-time jobless
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claims fell by 7,000. it's that level we want to watch. below 400,000 is seen as the tipping points. if claims continue to trend down from that level, the economy has a decent shot of creating more jobs, but no, did not see any reaction when the president was speaking. you know, a lot of the spikes we saw today, they were also due to those computer-drich trades, just like we saw that happened on the sell side, we saw that on the buy side as well. as these levels go higher, they trigger new points, whether to sell or buy, and today just happened to be, to buy. brooke? >> alison kosik, the woman with quite the busy job, as i know the traders have on the floor below you. thank you so much. we want to go to iowa, the iowa straw poll, a slew of presidential prospects out there -- we just ahead about someone else throwing husband hat into the ring, but let's talk about mitt romney, the front-runner thus far.
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he's campaigning, taking part in tonight's debate, even though he's actually not competing in the iowa straw poll saturday. now, we told you about this. romney got heckled by a man who we're told is a liberal activist. that's not news, but perhaps this is, a comment he made about corporations. listen. >> we have to make sure that the proposition we a make in social security, medicaid and medicare are promises we can keep. there are various ways to do that. one is to raise taxes on people. >> corporations. >> corporations are people, my friend. >> no they're not. >> of course they are. everything that corporations earn ultimately goes to people. [ laughter ] . >> shannon travis is out there with cnn's paul stein hauer -- ste steinhauser at the iowa state poll. i understand there's been some reaction saying that everything that corporations earn goes to
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the people. what are you hearing? >> absolutely, brooke. as you can imagine, this has been lighting up a lot of news stories. i got on the phone, made some phone calls to people on the romney campaign, actually looked at a tweet from eric fernstein, a senior divorce, reacting to all the buzz over that clip that you just displayed. quote, do folks think that corporations are building? they're people who incorporate to conduct business. they create jobs and hire more people. bakley the romney campaign is not backing down, in fact doubling down on this comment from mitt romney that corporations are people, brooke? >> paul steinhauser, i want to go to you, looking ahead to start sudden called it an hour ago, we just confirmed that, looking ahead to saturday, to the straw poll, two republican hopefuls with a lot of at stake. michele bachmann who did well at
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the cnn debate and tim pawlenty, first poll talked about him. why is it so important for him? >> remember at our debate back in new hampshire, he had a chance to really go after mitt romney, who's perceived to be the front-runner, and he didn't do it. since then he's not been doing so well. there's a lot at stake. if he didn't do well in the debate tonight and doesn't do well at the crucial straw poll, can his campaign survive? the pawlenty people are downplaying that, but a lot is at stake for him, an also michele bachmann. she did well at our debate, but can she win the nomination? i think she has a lot to prove. this weekend may end differently than it started. >> yeah, rick perry is getting in, who knows who else might. let's talk about the other fellow female, seemingly bam out
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of nowhere, sarah palin is dropping in in iowa. has she been spotted? do we know why she's there? >> yeah, yes, we learned last night, every time sarah palin seems is out of the spot light, she jumps right in. remember the one nation bus tour, a lot of coverage of that, well, she's bringing that bus tour right here, the state fair in des moines iowa, and sarah palin said she will announce a decision by september if she's going to run for the presidential nomination. you know her quite well, shannon. every time she's out of the spot light she's right back in it. >> sarah palin is unpredictable, definitely would shake up this race. if sarah palin jumps in, it would shake things up quite a bit. >> it's getting exciting,
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gentlemen. thank you so much. coming up next, the picks are in for what is suddenly becoming the most powerful group in washington. they're about to takes an ax and decide what gets cut from america's budget. it will affect every single one of us. we're going to break down which lawmakers are making these decisions. but first coming up, behind the scenes of this nationwide manhunt that ended in guns, a high-speed chase and bloog. no longer fugitives, 24 hours after their violent run came screeching to a halt. that is ahead. plus -- >> the last thing you think is that within day something violent of this nature would happen. >> yesterday we thought it was a teacher. we have learned today it was a principal. a principal found inside a classroom lying in a pool of blood. a student now behind bars.
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>> and there are breaking develops about what went down about the student's disturbing plan. i'll speak live with the memphis police. a lot coming your way. stay right here.
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with first-degree murder. joining me by phony, memphis police spokesman tony armstrong. what happened? >> from the information we have now, it appears that this young man is a suspect we have in custody now, has been carrying a grudge all summer long for something that happened last year in reference to a class that he was either allowed to take or not allowed to takes. at some point throughout the day, he found himself alone in the classroom -- >> so am i hearing you right -- >> along with a i have knife, he attacked ms. york, stabbing her multiple sometimes. >> so i'm hearing you right, this was all over a class he didn't want to take? >> apparently he had recently been switched or last year was switched out of a class. apparently he enjoyed this class and did not want to be taken out of the class. he carried a grudge all summer
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for that, and basically conspired all summer to how he was going to get revenge. >> did he conspire with anyone? was there any indication this had been months in the making? had he voiced this pin to information? >> from the information now, it does not appear he conspired with anyone. he acted alone in both his thoughts and carrying out of this crime. >> according to the memphis newspapers i was reading this morning, principal york had worked for a number of years, she left to go back to canada, and the school wooed her back. obviously, as you know, the community is in total shock. let's listen to some of the reactions. >> she's so nice, that's why i'm shocked. why to her? why? >> it's tragic all the way around. >> we grieve. we grieve -- >> people have been praying at this corner of memphis for a long, long time.
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it's a sad day for our whole community. >> you're in memphis, tone y. i can't imagine losing a teacher in such a horrid rend out way. is school off? >> well, it's -- it's sad that you have something of this magnitude to happen in an institution of learn iing you never want to consider or in your wildest dreams, you think you send your child to school, and a teacher in this particular instance, she had dual roles as a teacher and principal, to be the victim of a vite is horrific. it will have an effect. >> do we know anything more about the 17-year-old's past?
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any red flags? >> from what we've been told and from the people we've talked to so far, there were no red flags. don't know what could have possibly triggered him to react in this manner. we certain wish there had been some red flags. maybe somebody could have gotten prior to him acting out and carrying such rage around for an entire summer. we've only been back in school two, three days, and this is the result of it. >> such rage. it is horrendous, as we look at your police release, he was charged with first-degree murder. toney armstrong, thank you so much. >> thank you. we have new pictures of the brother/sister crime team arrested in colorado, as we mentioned. these are the siblings known as the doherty gang. lee grace is in the middle along with brothers ryan and dylan.
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they began their crime spree a week ago in florida, proved violent enough to earn a spot on the fbi's most wanted list. take a look how the run from the law ended, the car flipped, slammed into the guardrail just yesterday morning -- a high-speed shootout. listen to what happened next. >> they were prepared for a battle. that's what they got. >> the female defendant took off running through a field. she had an automatic pistol. she turned and made an attempt to chamber a round and point it at the office, and he fired at least one shot striking her i believe in the leg. >> siblings appeared in a colorado courtroom just a couple hours ago. they are not being head on $1.3 million bond each. each sibling now charged with four counts of first-degree assault. that's just in colorado. add those charges to the armed
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bank robbery complaint the state of georgia has waiting for them. the robbery came hours after the siblings became in gang on the run. that part of the story takes us back to florida where a police officer says this trio fired on him when he tried to pull them over for speeding. that was the moment that manhunt ble gan. the florida hoifr spoke out today. you can hear the relief in his voice that these three are caught. >> at first it was like, wow, you know, they're shooting at me? and then it just turned to i just want to catch them, you know, before they hurt anybody. >> just to give you an idea to why laws enforcement was so eager to get them, i want you to watch and listen to the video that was recorded by the dash cam. listen and watch this. listen for him to say morris bridge, right after he says that you'll hear several pops. those are gunshots.
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that gives you just an idea how dangerous this initial chase was. >> he just cut through the parking lot of cvs at morris bridge, he -- [ gunshots ] >> he's now headed on morris bridge southbound. fired several more shots at me. >> so you can hear some of the shots may hitting some of the metal on the car there. the three sitting in a colorado jail. could it be florida or georgia, or do they stay in colorado? you know we'll keep you mosted. now this. we love the family, this sister. >> i saw the man in uniform, and i just fell to my knees. there's just no preparing for it.
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as families figure out what to do next. the pentagon is now releasing the names of the 30 americans killed in the deadliest day in the war in afghanistan. we now know more about these fallen heroes. that's ahead. plus getting new details about a shooting bullets fired at a new york politician's car, his young son was inside. those new developments, next. tom, check this out. good gravy, bill. our insurance company doesn't have anything like it. magnificent, isn't it? with progressive,
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including 17 s.e.a.l.s and five so-called conventional forces who regularly w0rkd with the s.e.a.l.s. three were air controllers, five were helicopter crew members, eight were afghan military personnel. please would like to know who opened fire on a new york lawmakers, and his 7-year-old son. the suv that assemblyman william boylan jr. was in has three bullet holes in it. the shooting happened in the heart of brooklyn, the neighborhood he represents. it's unclear if he was the intended targets. constituents say they're happy he's okay. god was on his side. this is a beautiful man. >> the spokesman for the lawyer
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to the edge of pace, it reenters the atmosphere and reaches speeds up to 13,000 miles an hour. bar ra starr is standing by, also chad myers is standing by. barbara, first to you, it sounds amazing, but today's test flight not a success. they lost contact. >> it didn't work too well, did it. basically they did lose contact with it, no electronics signals going back and forth between the vehicle and ground controllers. their working assumption is it basically sort of self-detonated and splashed down in the pacific ocean, exactly how it's supposed to, but brooke, 13,000 miles an hour, mach 20, the friction it creates is something like 1300 degrees fahrenheit on the skin
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of the aircraft. does it fly faster than superman? i think we're looking into that. >> mach 20, that's kind of fast. why are they doing this? we may have fun with this in a moment, but this is just for research, just for the military, right? never meant for sticking someone in this thing? >> well, i think most of us would be a lot of antisickness bills. i won't be too cavalier about it. it is trying to test a concept of hypersonic military technology, in all candor. they want to see if they can prove they can fly at these speeds. it means the military could deliver weapons to a target anywhere in the world within one hour. that's the response type that the military is looking for, that it can put a bomb on target one hour from launches, one hour
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from making the decision. twhaz a futuristic concept, but it means you don't have to deply tens of thousands of troops possibly halfway around the world. if you do this, that's -- >> that is amazing. bauer bra starr, thank you. chad myers, we had an interesting conversation earlier behind the scenes over, obviously as barbara illuminated, there's no way this would be for human flight whatsoever, 3500 degrees faron height, forget about it, but we were talking in terms of gs. you had been on a blue angels flight that gots up to. >> 7.6. >> how did you fare? >> the vision in my eyes started going away. this is only ten seconds, so the vision started going away. i had about that much to see, and then it all turned black and white and got all sparkly. the pilot pulled out and i could see it again i was doing the
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thing called the hick maneuver. so you like grunt to keep the blood in your head, and it's like -- >> like you're slamming a tennis ball. >> like your entire face is turning red. if you're not doing it, though, you're going to pass out, all the blood will be in the bottom or your feet, because all the g forces are down. the g forces on this plane would be enormous, maybe 20, 30 gs, which would be like you hitting yourself in an embankment. >> forget it. >> a concrete embankment. >> so you're able to do 6, 7 gs in a blue angel. let's pull up the video when i was at space camp, and i got on the centrifuge. >> so here i am we're supposed to be going 3.2, this poor kid
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clayton was so excited, and i lasted 3 gs, and then i was waves the proverbial red flag, plus my crew had my eating lunch before this thing. nothing happened, bud i think that was a cruel joke. i have such respect for people who can endure that. >> and this vehicle -- i want to call it a vehicle, because it isn't a plane. >> it's a rocket. >> it's the end of a rocket that shoots off, drops back into the atmosphere. it's not that we can't go mach 20. we've never gone mach 20 in the atmosphere. you can go in space mach 20, because there's no drag, there's no air up there. but this thing literally tears air apart -- i know you love that term -- >> i do. it disassociates oxygen, disassociates nitrogen as the end of that front ring hits that air, it rips it apart. there's no laminar flow, there's
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no better neweu -- bernuli prin >> i remember that. >> it's amazing, we have to try again. we'll be watching for it. >> they're more impressed with going from our side of the world to the other side of the world in under an hour rather than new york to l.a. >> chad myers, thanks for having a little fun. >> you're welcome. a frightening development. now investigators say he could be linked to more murders as in 230 of them. coming up, the brand-new efforts to get inside his mind. sunny hostin is on the case. that's next.
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the infamous bandit gets a movie deal and the investigation is expanding for the grim sleeper case. sunny, his name is lonnie david franklin jr. who was arrested more than a year ago charged with killing ten pip this beak last police say they're looking into 230 murders to see if he's
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tied to them. it has to a massive undertaking. what is involved here? >> it's quite terrifying. i think what's involved is going over every place he worked since the mid 70s. the reason he's called the grim sleeper is because he started his serial killing in the mid '70s, and then took a break for almost 14 years, slept. that's why they're reviewing unsolved cases. sense he's the suspect in the ten cases that he has been charged with, they believe there are many, many more. >> what are some of the common threads they could be looking for, and why open so many more? it seems daunting. >> yeah, well, interestingly enough when they raided his home and searched his home, they found about 1,000 photos, and
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hundreds of hours of video involving different women. and so they believe that that will give them some leads. we know that he preyed upon prostitutes. he had sort of a motive in that he sexually assaulted them, usually shot them and dumped them in trash cans and covered them with debris. any sort of profile that fits that, i guess, motive, they are going to look at. >> case number two, the so-called barefoot bandit. he's the kit who pleaded guilty to the one-person crime spree. he stole cars, boats, planes, the cross-country spree brought him followic outlaw status, by the way, he's 20 years of age, and reportedly has signed a movie deal worth $1.3 million with 20th century fox, but he's not getting all this money. where is he saying the money will go? >> apparently he's not getting 1/2 i it.
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he owes $1.4 million in restitution to his victims. he's made it clear that none of this money will go to him, rather it will go to his victims. that's really how it works. most states have enacted the son of sam laws, brooke, where really criminals cannot profit from their crimes. typically what happens any money derived from a crime does go to victims. i quite frankly are shocked. he's a criminal just like the other ones that people prosecute every day, folks that i have prosecuted, but i think it's a good thing that his victims will get their money. oftentimes in these cases, these defendants are judgmentproof, a good things. i don't get it. >> i don't know. wait for the movie, i guess.
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sunny, thank you very much. coming up, the picks are in, we finally know now -- the super congress, super committee decides what gets cut from our budget, and this could make this an even bigger battle. the u.s. has made a huge move in the race to save lives in the famine that's putting millions of people at risk. sanjay gupta gives us an explanation to what's happening in somalia, with regard to starve ace. isn't the most immediate concern right now. level to help your ene run more smoothly by helping remove deposits and cleaning up intake valves. so when you fill up at an exxon or mobil station, you can rest assured we help your engine run more smoothly while leaving behind cleaner emissions. it's how we make gasoline work harder for you.
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i want to share a stagger figure with you on the fannin in somalia and other parts of east africa. more than 29,000 children have died since mid-may. many more children are sick. and not enough food, not enough supplies are in emergency camps to help them.
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the u.s. says it is sending an additional $17 million to the horn of africa. secretary of state hillary clinton says that brings this year's assistance to more than $580 million, but it's still not enough. dr. sanjay gupta joins me with a firsthand look. >> you've ahead the numbers for some time. people coming here in search of a better life, but for many people that's simply not the case. for some their problems have only just begin, for parents out there, they're forced to do the unthinkable. the kids here will melt your heart. how old are you? >> wow, i'm 41. i spoke a little somali to them. [ speaking foreign language ] is that good? >> yes. >> reporter: rare smiles in a place too full of heartbreak. amin and her 1-month-old
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daughter addison came here in search of a better life, fighting so hard not to starve to death, but in the end it made little difference. amin lost the one thing in the world she cared about more than anything else. we are walking to her daughter's grave. they are really just piles of dirt, with no nameplate. no flowers, no reminders of their lives, just small sticks with colored plastic trash blowing in the wind. she says she brought her healthy baby girl here with dreams of new beginnings, but addison died within a month. what went wrong? [ speaking foreign language ] >> reporter: she started vomiting, she said, then direa. it wouldn't stop for days and day. direal illness, the reason that 30,000 kids have died here, so many tiny little graves like this one. you know, part of the problem is even after you get to one of these camps, there's still not
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enough food, not enough water and plenty of infectious diseases. there's diphtheria, pertussis, and i want to shows something else, something very frightening in a camp like this. this is osmon. he's 14 years old. you can tell he doesn't feel well. people are concerned he has mealsles. he had a high fever, the characteristic rash and conjunctivitis. he never got vaccinated. mealsles, as you know is very contagious. he has nowhere else to go. and so hundreds of thousands more of these adorable children unvaccinated are at risk of the same fate as amin's daughter. is there anything anybody can do? [ speaking foreign language ] >> translator: it is with god. >> reporter: it is with god. so there's nothing else they kids can do but laugh and play, surrounded by the dead.
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brooke, it's tough to think about, but it's happening way too often f. parents actually burying their children. it's not just about food and water, but also about medical care, vaccinations, making sure that people get these things quickly. that can make a huge difference. >> and that mother herself so young. sanjay, thank you. if you want to keep watching some of his reporting, you can do so special edition of dr. sanjay gupta this weekend saturday and sunday mornings right here on cnn. a lot going on, we started breaking news about the race for candidates. the candidates already in the race are in iowa. we're going to bring wolf blitzer back in, next. rcycle? what if we turned trash into surfboards? whatever your what if is, the new sprint biz 360 has custom solutions to make it happen,
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now for a check of what's going on, let's go to wolf blitzer in washington. we were talking, what, less than an hour ago, breaking news in the world of politics. no big surprise, rick perry saying he's going to announce saturday in. >> it's going to be official on saturday. he didn't say he was going to the states -- he's going to the first three contest states, so he'll make it official. together with mitt romney, michele bachmann.
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he's going to bring some of that texas flair. he's been governor of texas ever since george w. bush became president of the united states. he succeeded president bush as governor. >> we will see you in a few minutes. still to come here, big news out of the washington today. congressional leaders have named all 12 members of the super committee, that debt-busting committee charged with handling that deficit. the final three were named today. joe johns will tell us who they are and what they bring to the table, next. you name it.
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his selection was slammed because of his past earmarking and said the super committee process will be a farce. javier becerra, he is the democratic caucus vice chair. he's the first hispanic on the powerful house ways and means committee which handles tax issues. he's seen as a very sharp guy, as times certainly outspoken. congress mast chris van hollen from maryland is the former money guy for the democrats in the house, who ran the democratic congressional campaign committee, also a member of the budget committee, his names was predicted. he put out a statement saying he thinks fixing the unemployment problem is the best way to reduce the deficit, and is seen by some as a democratic rising star in congress, brooke. both parties, put them all
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together, what does that look like? >> think of it in terms of a jury, perhaps, and. 12 people, there are 11 men in this grun, one won't -- six of the people on the so-called injure come from the senate side, six from the house side. all six republicans signed a pledge not to raise taxes. on the liberal side, you have patty murray, a leader in the fight to protect entitlements. the two minority leaders picked at least two people who would certainly protect the respective bases. in the middle you have the potential for deals. senators like kerry, baucus, portman are see

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